Side by Side (2012)



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Join Keanu Reeves on a tour of the past and the future of filmmaking in Side by Side. Since the invention of cinema, the standard format for recording moving images has been film. Over the past two decades, a new form of digital filmmaking has emerged, creating a groundbreaking evolution in the medium. Reeves explores the development of cinema and the impact of digital filmmaking via in-depth interviews with Hollywood masters, such as James Cameron, David Fincher, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Television
Directed By: ,
Written By: Christopher Kenneally
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 5, 2013
Box Office: $28.6k
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as Keanu Reeves

as David Lynch

as Martin Scorsese

as George Lucas

as Richard Linklater

as Lars von Trier

as James Cameron

as Christopher Nolan

as Andy Wachowski

as Michael Ballhaus

as Danny Boyle

as Wally Pfister

as Lena Dunham

as David Fincher

as Reed Dawson Morano

as Greta Gerwig

as Steven Soderbergh

as Vilmos Zsigmond

as Brad Young

as Adam Valdez

as Michael Chapman

as Jonathan Fawkner

as John Mathieson

as Don Ciana

as Vittorio Storaro

as Terry Haggar

as David G. Stump

as Andrzej Bartkowiak

as Dick Pope

as Stefan Sonnenfeld

as Sandi Sissel

as Jill Bogdanowicz

as Donald M. McAlpine

as Tim Stipan

as Jost Vocano

as David Tattersall

as Geoff Boyle

as Dion Beebe

as Phil Meheux

as Charles Herzfeld

as Alec Shapiro

as Jim Jannard

as Ted Schilowitz

as Anthony Dod Mantle

as Bruce Dorn

as Jason Kliot

as Shruti Ganguly

as Ellen Kuras

as Glenn Kennel

as Caroline Kaplan

as Vincent Pace

as Darnell Martin

as Steve Schklair

as John Malkovich

as Joel Schumacher

as Barry Levinson

as Thomas Rothman

as Michael K. Goi

as Michael L. Phillips

as Gary Einhaus

as Walter Murch

as Edward Stratmann

as Craig Wood

as Dennis Muren

as Derek Ambrosi

as Anne V. Coates

as Chris Lebenzon

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as John Knoll

as Tim Webber

as Jost Vacano

as Ari Presler

as Robert Rodriguez

as Geoffrey Gilmore

as Lana Wachowski

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Critic Reviews for Side by Side

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (22)

The documentary would have been that much better with a more explicit focus on why the average filmgoer should care.

Full Review… | September 10, 2013
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Keanu Reeves is a game frontman of this fact-filled, slightly chaotic doc about the rise of digital technology in film.

Full Review… | February 14, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

A trim, informative 99-minute primer on celluloid film, which to many viewers has a warmth and feel as soothing as buttered popcorn, and the brave new world of digital cinema.

Full Review… | November 8, 2012
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

It's this simple: If you like movies, you need to see "Side by Side."

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

Actors such as Robert Downey Jr. complain that because digital cameras can be reloaded in seconds, there is no time for performers to hang out in their trailers between takes (in protest, he urinated in jars, which he hid all over the sets of Zodiac).

Full Review… | September 23, 2012
Miami Herald
Top Critic

...could have used more movie-specific discussions of the aesthetic implications of celluloid versus digital.

Full Review… | August 5, 2014

Audience Reviews for Side by Side

Side by Side explores the question of film's worth in an increasingly digital future. It all boils down to the simple fact that even if the format changes, the medium is only as good as the artist's ability to manipulate it to tell a story. Some filmmakers swear by film. Others by digital. But ultimately, it's the quality of the work that matters. A great documentary.

Edward Boxler

Super Reviewer

Insightful all the way through, "Side By Side" is a great documentary, filled with tons of well-known celebrities as they talk about their thoughts on the conversion from digital filmmaking and the future of the industry. There are times, although they are different opinions, that the same thing is repeated, because there is only so much you can have an opinion on about this. Let's face it, old-fashioned filmmaking, and things of the like, will inevitably die out within the next decade, and probably sooner. Most directors believe this to be the end of cinema, but I believe we are in a rut that will take a while to get out of, because we are having trouble finding the absolute best talent out there, or just settling for middle of the road. This was very interesting to watch, due to the classic directors speaking their minds on the matter, but truthfully, once they are gone, film will be dumber and dumber. So yes I am scared for the industry, because film has such a huge impact on society, but the world goes how it goes, and sometimes it is not controllable. To me, that is what this film's message really was. I really loved watching "Side By Side," and I highly recommend fans of any genre of film to watch this.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer


Keanu Reeves brings together a boatload of Hollywood's finest to discuss the physical and ideological issues facing cinema. It may try to force too much information into too little time if you don't know about the history and technology of film, but this documentary romanticizes the art with such passion and finesse that it stands as a reaffirmation of the power of movies and the importance of understanding their history and possible future.

Sam Barnett
Sam Barnett

Super Reviewer

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